Epidemics of Confusion: Like AIDS Before It, Ebola Isn’t Explained Clearly by Officials

NY Times, 10 November 2014
Author: Lawrence K Altman
“The epidemics have prompted eerily similar reactions from health officials and the public, raising crucial questions about why the world remains persistently unprepared to react to the sudden emergence of viral threats.”
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Mobile phone records could help the fight against Ebola, study finds

The Guardian, 30 October 2014
Author: Alex Hern
“Mobile phone records could provide more accurate and up-to-date information than traditional census methods for keeping track of populations around the world, according to new research. They could even be used to help tackle crisis situations such as the spread of Ebola, a report said.”
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Evening the score on sex drugs: feminist movement or marketing masquerade?

BMJ 2014;349:g6246
Author: Ray Moynihan
“A thrice failed antidepressant is at the centre of a new marketing campaign to win approval for what could become the world’s first blockbuster sex pill for women. Frustrated by the drug’s repeated rejection, proponents have orchestrated a fierce attack, accusing the regulator of unfairness, and enlisting support from several well connected women’s organisations in the US. Critics counter that the campaign is exceedingly misleading, that it targets a desire disorder that does not exist, and that approval could see widespread overprescribing of a drug with marginal benefits and real safety concerns.”
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Facebook ethics: Address actual engineering ethics, not just research practices

Mercury News, 10 October 2014
Authors: Irina Raicu and Shannon Vallor
“Facebook recently announced it is implementing new steps to improve its research procedures. One of them is incorporating education on “research practices” into the training program for all engineers when they join the company.However, What about other ethical issues, not research-related, that Facebook’s engineers are bound to encounter, perhaps even more frequently, in their daily work?”
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Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone: study

Reuters, 25 September 2014
Author: Barbara Liston
“The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone: “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones”
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Hacker Breached Health Care gov Insurance Site

The Wall Street Journal, 4 September 2014
Author: Danny Yadron
“The Hacker Uploaded Malicious Software, But Consumers’ Personal Data Didn’t Appear to Be Taken. The attack appears to mark the first successful intrusion into the website, where millions of Americans bought insurance starting last year under the Affordable Care Act.”
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